A story behind the picture

A review of Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD

Photo: David Markoff

Photographer: Dawid Markoff
Website: youtube.com/emefef
Location: Studio Alaska, Warsaw
Equipment: Sony A7 III with Tamron 35–150 mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD

The idea for the light was very simple. Although we took pictures in the studio, I wanted to take some of them, specifically the “orange” outfits (next fold-out), using only daylight. In the studio, we had huge windows, it would be a shame not to take advantage of that.

I didn't even need a reflective screen, because the very bright walls worked as reflectors, filling the room with soft light that is perfect for such photos.

In “green” outfits, I added one light placed at an angle on one side above the model’s head. On the other side, again I used no other light source. This time, however, the photos were made against the background of dark doors acting as a black screen that absorbs light in a studio. This made shadows appear, so the photo is not flat. There was only a big octagon softbox on the light. The light shone slightly from above and from one side at an angle of 45 degrees.

When you work in a studio, it’s good to look around, because you can often find something more interesting than a common backdrop.

The warm colour of wood turned out to be a perfect match for the green outfit and the golden details of the jewellery that was presented in a very subtle way, even though it was the most important part of this photo shoot.

Of course, the equipment was no less important because during this photo shoot I wanted to try out the new Tamron zoom with a very interesting focal range of 35-150 mm which in my opinion is perfect for studio shoots.

The Tamron 35–150 mm f/2-2.8 is relatively big, but the possibilities it gives you in the studio are even bigger.
“Having just one lens, I was able to quickly move from wider shots to tight portraits and photographing details, namely the beautiful jewellery designed by Umiar.”

The new zoom means also a completely new design. It is now much easier to feel the rings and there are also function buttons that you usually see in professional lenses.

"This lens is hellishly sharp, even at its longest focal length and it has very short minimum focusing distance, which makes it a very versatile portrait lens.”

Watch the video!

Check out the Focus Nordic channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/focusnordic) and watch the behind the scenes video from David Markoff’s photo shoot presenting Umiar jewellery.


Photos: Dawid Markoff
Outfit: Justyna Szyszko
Model: Zuzanna
Make up: Agnieszka Sokolowska Jewellery at the courtesy of Umiar (www.umiar.pl)

One instead of five

The Tamron 35–150 mm f/2-2.8 is a zoom that can replace several fixed lenses.

From popular 35 mm that are used by photo reporters, through the standard and universal 50 mm to the whole portrait range, i.e. 85, 100, 135 and 150 mm. All of these focal lengths are very bright, because even at around 75 mm you can enjoy an aperture of f/2. Apart from that, Tamron works perfectly well with eye detection, focus tracking and sensor stabilization systems used in Sony cameras and the integrated USB-C port makes updating the lens and configuring the buttons from a PC much easier. Obviously, the lens is weather-sealed!

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